Book Review: The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 7

July 6, 2017

The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 7 cover

I hope that everyone has been having a good week, and
looking forward to a fun weekend.

Things have been going fairly well here, though there have
been a few hiccups, and I can still do what I like to do.

Recently, I have gotten some books from Amazon and was
looking to get to them after the last
review
, but a book that I had been expecting to arrive from Barnes &
Noble showed up a bit quicker than usual, as it came from a location that
rarely has what I ordered.

Today, I will be reviewing that title, which is called The
Ancient Magus Bride Volume 7
by Kore Yamasaki.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier
post
, I will not go over it again.

Chise and Ainsworth have finally patched things up, and look
forward to a nice little chat, as they go back their normal lives.

However, their lives are about to be interrupted again when
Chise meets Cartaphilus in a dream where he does not seem to be so menacing,
and a new situation involving the dragons under Lindel's care that may have some
connections with the dream starts to occur.

I kind of liked this book.

Just like many of the other volumes in the series, from the
moment that I opened up this book and started reading, I did not want to put it
down for any reason, though I do have to satisfy the same needs that every
other human has to deal with.

While Yamazaki did not start right off where the last volume
left off, which was when either an old or new enemy started to move, things
still seemed to be relatively interesting, and Yamazaki is still just as good
as she ever was at drawing people in to the world of her story via taking a
slow enough pacing to get the reader engaged.

Regardless of the medium, works of fiction need to be able
to suck the reader in, so that they can enjoy it all the more, and possibly
forget most minor of problems, as nothing we create will ever truly be perfect.

Of course, the ways to suck in the audience differs greatly,
depending on both the medium. For prose, the thing needed is enough details for
the audience to create an image their mind. Manga like this, however, needs to
have a writer that is competent enough to be able to write in a way that does
not turn off the reader, since the job of giving the audience images to work
with has already been done through actual artwork, and Yamazaki continues to
deliver quite well in this area.

Hopefully, she can keep up this level of quality, because I
do not want to see her to peak out just yet.

I also liked how a few things were answered or had
surprising reveals.

Back in volume
4
, there was talk of a college between Ainsworth and people that get
properly introduced in this volume, instead of just names and going between
different scenes, and I was wondering about why they were so interested in
Chise, as well as what they meant by talking about her future, and what they
were.

While nothing was really answered, beyond the fact that a
few of those people do want to study Chise, there seems to be something major
at work, and it help to further my interest in reading the next volume as soon
as possible, which is something that is necessary to maintaining a reader's
interesting in a work.

However, what really made this stand out is the surprise
reveal about what happened towards the beginning of this series.

Back in the first volume, before Chise was sold off to
Ainsworth, it seemed like Chise was put up for auction against her will, which
alone made me wonder what her life was actually like and how she got, and it
played upon how broken she was because of her terrible past.

But in this volume, we are introduced to the person responsible
for auctioning off Chise, and we find out through the conversation that he and
Chise had was that Chise put herself up for auction.

Chise's background was already a complete mystery, other
than the horrible treatment she received from relatives, and she that she put
herself up for auction now makes me want to know exactly why she would do that.

After all, I doubt that anybody would really put themselves
up for auction, over committing suicide, in this day and age.

Then again, there are people out there that go into
prostitution and do other things that our society frowns upon, and I am not
exactly and expert in human psychology, so what I think would happen is only
just a possibility.

Still, this kind of development makes me want to see who
Chise was before meeting Ainsworth and how she got to where she is now, and
adds to my interest in purchasing the next volume right now, though it does not
come out until February 2018 according to the product
page
on Amazon, especially considering that there are only about three
chapters that have not been compiled into volume, yet have been scanlated.

If the reader's interest is not continually maintained, they
might eventually drop a series and never come back to it.

However, because Kore Yamazaki remembered one of the things
that intrigued me in the first place, which is an element of mystery and giving
readers more questions, the interest is maintained for a bit longer, and it
makes me want to give her a good round of applause.

Another nice thing that I liked about this book was the
humor.

While it is not exactly unique, when compared to either the
rest of the series or anime and manga in general, Yamazaki still manages to
execute things well enough to the point where I still find myself laughing
quite a bit.

Yes, the relationship between Ainsworth and Chise, as well
as the journey they are going on to discover themselves, is an important thing
in this series, but if there had no really been any humorous moments to lighten
things up, things would have become awfully dull, just like they did in Spice
& Wolf Volume 10
, and I probably would have been a little disappointed
in this book.

However, because Yamazaki remembered how important humor was
to make these characters even remotely interesting, things were able to remain
as good as I remembered them to be, and it makes me feel like giving Yamazaki a
bit of applause.

The thing that I liked the most though was how the volume
ended.

Even though many, but not all, of the volumes seem to end in
a way that things are relatively peaceful or somewhat happy, with some sort of
mystery, this one ended during the incident that Lindel got everyone involved
in ended on more of a cliffhanger as to what exactly happened to one of the
characters.

Now, these kinds of cliffhangers are not really high up
there on my list of things that gets me excited, because it is often not done
right or, in the case of Secret
Volume 1
, is not exactly the best, but this was just about right, though
still not exactly perfect, because I was still interested enough to find out
what would happen, because the way everything progressed meant that there was
an actual chance failure and nothing was revealed when it should not have been.

If Kore Yamazaki had been able to write the last chapter in
the volume as well as I remembered, I probably would have been much more
disappointed, and would have probably taken it out the people Mag Garden for
choosing to make this the final chapter of the volume.

However, because it did end somewhat well, I feel like
giving both groups a pat on the back for a nice job done, as I at least felt
like I wanted to continue on with the series, and doing that much is at least
the bare minimum needed for a good installment.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else
that I particularly liked, at least that would be able to stand on its own.

Because my interest was held from beginning to end, some
things were answered and more questions cropped up, there were some laughs, and
the ending was okay, this was a fairly decent read.

Although I did like this book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about,
such as typos, and one thing that I already eluded to, nothing really bothered
me too much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth
mentioning.

Considering that there was quite a bit to like, even if it
was not right up there in the outside standing category, this was worth
reading.

I recommend this to fans of The Ancient Magus Bride,
as they will like this the most.

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but
do not expect the kind of the quality that is present in other volumes, which
should probably be read before this.

If you liked this review and would like to see more, please
consider supporting me on Patreon
or buying the reviewed title from Amazon,
so that I can continue following this series and find more worthwhile reads for
you guys, and do whatever you do when when find something that impresses you.

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